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Chitra Soundar - Author

About the Author

Chitra Soundar is an Indian-born British writer and storyteller. She grew up surrounded by the myths and stories of India and is inspired by its diverse culture and natural beauty. Chitra has over 30 books in print worldwide and regularly goes into schools to tell stories and conduct workshops. Her book You're Safe With Me (with illustrator Poonam Mistry) was shortlisted for the 2019 CILIP Kate Greenway Medal.

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Reading Champion: The Snake of Gold Independent Reading Purple 8

Reading Champion: The Snake of Gold Independent Reading Purple 8

Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Darshika Varma Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2021

This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.

Reading Champion: The Mice and the Elephants Independent Reading Purple 8

Reading Champion: The Mice and the Elephants Independent Reading Purple 8

Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Aditi Kakade Beaufrand Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/11/2021

In this traditional tale from India, the mice and the elephants discover that size is no barrier to friendship after one of the elephants falls into a hunter's trap... This story is part of Reading Champion, a series carefully linked to book bands to encourage independent reading skills, developed with Dr Sue Bodman and Glen Franklin of UCL Institute of Education (IOE) Reading Champion offers independent reading books for children to practise and reinforce their developing reading skills. Fantastic, original stories are accompanied by engaging artwork and a reading activity. Each book has been carefully graded so that it can be matched to a child's reading ability, encouraging reading for pleasure.Perfect for readers aged 5-7 or those reading at book band purple.

We All Celebrate!

We All Celebrate!

Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Jenny Bloomfield Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/11/2021

We all celebrate birthdays and friendships, the onset of seasons, religious events and national holidays. Our celebrations are full of colour, specially prepared food and good cheer. We All Celebrate introduces some less mentioned celebrations from around the world to children, among those that are well known and bring good memories.

Reading Planet: Astro - A Kite for a Prince - Earth/White band

Reading Planet: Astro - A Kite for a Prince - Earth/White band

Author: Chitra Soundar Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/08/2021

Far away, across the deep seas and the tall mountains, there is a little kingdom called Samanpur. In the kingdom there lived a prince called Prabir and a poor boy called Arup. Prince Prabir had everything a boy could want, and yet he was unhappy. But then Arup hears of the queen's competition to cheer up the unhappy prince, and the big reward that comes with it! But how will he come up with something to impress a royal prince? All he has is a broken kite and a mouse from a wise man... A Kite for a Prince is part of the Astro range from Rising Stars Reading Planet. Astro books are ideal for struggling and reluctant readers aged 7-11. Each book is dual-banded so that children can improve their fluency whilst enjoying exciting fiction and non-fiction relevant to their age. Astro books for Earth/White band are also highly-decodable so ideal for extra phonics practice. Reading Planet books have been carefully levelled to support children in becoming fluent and confident readers. Each book features useful notes and questions to support reading at home and develop comprehension skills. Interest age: 8-9 Reading age: 6-7 years

Nikhil and Jay Save the Day

Nikhil and Jay Save the Day

Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Soofiya Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

In these four interlinked stories about Nikhil and Jay and their family, there's always fun and mischief. Jay wants to do things by himself on his birthday, but sharing with Nikhil turns out to be more fun. They all go to visit Grandad and Nana, but where is the story dragon? Then it's Pancake Day, the day when Amma makes yummy dosa, Indian pancakes. And last but not least, Nikhil and Jay help to lead a campaign to save their local library from closing. The Nikhil and Jay stories are perfect for children moving on from picture books to longer stories, helped by Soofiya's lively and characterful illustrations.

Sona Sharma, Looking After Planet Earth

Sona Sharma, Looking After Planet Earth

Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Jen Khatun Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

Sona Sharma combats climate change. When Sona learns about the climate crisis at school and is very worried that no one is doing enough to combat it, she takes up the challenge herself. But Appa isn't amused when Sona throws out her baby sister's nappies and Thatha isn't happy when she tells him to get rid of his colour-coded plastic files. When Sona learns that many of the kolams - the traditional art that people draw in front of their homes to celebrate the winter months and the festival season - are not organic, she sets out to make some big changes by getting everyone involved.

Nikhil and Jay: The Star Birthday

Nikhil and Jay: The Star Birthday

Author: Chitra Soundar Illustrator: Soofiya Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/08/2021

In these four interlinked stories about Nikhil and Jay and their family, there's always fun and mischief. Grandad and Granny come to visit from India and show the boys that the best way to eat mangoes is in the bath! There's a Star Birthday for Nikhil, with a special Indian Feast. Another day the family all go for a banana picnic in the park. Everyone is sad when it's time for Granny and Grandad to go back to India, but Nikhil and Jay promise to send letters and pictures. The Nikhil and Jay stories are perfect for children moving on from picture books to longer stories, helped by Soofiya's lively and characterful illustrations.

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